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About Sim*Vivo

Introducing A Different Approach to Simulation and Task Training

SIM*VIVO was established in 2008 to specifically develop practical simulation modules that will provide each medical learner with all materials necessary to learn a specific  task.  These modules were developed to provide a realistic lifelike platform for practice in and out of the simulation lab and to avoid the need for “scrounging” the hospital for second-rate and outdated training supplies.  Additionally, our philosophy is to keep the cost of each unit reasonable so that each learner could own his or her “personal task trainer” which would facilitate further practice.

Using the APDS/ACS surgery resident curriculum as a model, SIM*VIVO has developed a knot tying module and simple suturing module that contain all of the training materials and  a guide book that allows the learner to practice in or out of the laboratory at his or her own pace.  To complete the module, instructions are given for testing for competence.  More recently, we have opened Sim*Supply which can provide you and your simulation laboratory with a wide array of high quality, low cost surgical simulation supplies

Complimentary instructional “learning” videos are also available on this web site to facilitate the initial learning steps for each skill.  Together, our hands-on learning materials provides the integrated task training experience that will appeal to medical students, residents, nurses and nursing students, and mid-level providers.

Who We Are

John B. Fortune, MD


President, Medical Director
As an active trauma surgeon and surgical educator, John noted several years ago that there was a need for learning systems and task trainers that could provide the learner with all of the materials necessary for learning a single surgical procedure to an acceptable level of competence.  In response to this perceived need, he started Sim*Vivo, LLC, specifically to provide learners the opportunity for deliberate and distributive practice to best learn the tasks at hand.  Affordability was also another key concept in his quest to provide simulation laboratories and individual learners the best equipment and supplies at prices far under those currently on the market.  In the past year, he opened Sim*Supply as a subsidiary to solely focus high quality supplies that would eliminate the need to scour the OR and hospital for outdated or discarded materials.  He has recently developed additional learning systems for dissection skills and GI anastomosis.  On the drawing board are plans for modules focused on vascular repair and anastomosis, and flap manipulation.  If you have questions or suggestions, please contact him at John@sim-vivo.com. Dr. Fortune is still a busy trauma and critical care surgeon so it might take a few days to respond!

Neely Fortune


Operating Manager
Neely is in charge of all of the social media, manufacturing, shipping operations and product quality for Sim*Vivo.  In short, she is the person that gets everything done. She has a background in marketing and promotion, management, and biology. You can contact Neely for any social media, promotional, or marketing inquires.
media@sim-vivo.com

Rebecca D. Tinker


Business Manager
Becky is the business manager and customer liaison for Sim*Vivo.  She has a background in the financial sector and was a welcome addition to Sim*Vivo five years ago.  If there are questions about your order or shipping, Becky will certainly be happy to help.  She can be reached at Rebecca@sim-vivo.com.

Hilda Shaw
Customer Representative
Hilda is our customer representative who will happily take you order if you place it by phone at 518-963-7640.

 

Dr. Fortune with his daughter and Business Partner Neely Fortune    
 
                                                                                      Sim*Vivo Business Manager Rebecca Tinker and Dr. Fortune

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